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The supremely talented Ayan Mukerji celebrates his 35th birthday today. Born in a Bengali family in Kolkata, his grandfather Sashidhar Mukerjee was a film producer, who established Filmalaya Studios in Mumbai. Ayan is the nephew of Joy Mukherjee, first cousin of Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee and second cousin of Rani Mukerji.
Ayan began his film career by assisting filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker on the sets of Shahrukh Khan starrer Swades and later to Karan Johar for Shahrukh Khan's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. He made his directorial debut in Bollywood with Wake Up Sid which was followed by Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Both the films turned out to be successful at the box office. Ayan is now currently working on Brahmastra.
What's common between all these three flicks? Well, they star his childhood buddy Ranbir Kapoor with whom he shares a close bond. On Ayan's 35th birthday today, we bring you why he gives some solid friendship goals-
When Ayan Spoke About What Makes Him & Ranbir Best Friends!
In an interview with a leading daily, Ayan had said, "I don't know what to say about him that would not sound mushy or patronising, but after my parents, he is one of the five most important people in my life. I had lots of good friends but no one whom I could have called my best friend. I know I have an edge with him that nobody else has and really feel kicked about the fact that no one can match what both of us can create with our friendship. It's almost like a teenage thing, but he is my best friend. I am not possessive about him and, in fact, am confident about our relationship is really tight. I can bank on Ranbir like I would do on my father."
Friends For Life
"My friendship with Ranbir is extremely strong. We don't chat every day. I can ask him for anything as easily I'd ask my parents. Over the years, you see friendships souring in our industry. I hope that's not the case with Ranbir and me. I hope we've established a friendship for life. He's my only best friend, he's the only person who knows exactly what's happening with me and I know what's happening with him. There's a great assurance in that feeling. It's a great connection. I'm proud of him. His success is my success. I'm anxious every time he has a release. I feel extremely jealous when he works with other directors. I feel he should only work with me," Ayan had confessed in a Filmfare interview.
"Literally until I met Ranbir at the age of 23 or 24, I was never able to say that I had a best friend before that. He made the meaning of that word come true for me and it's sort of stayed in that key since the time that we met," Ayan had said in an interview.
A Friend Can Also Be Your Teacher
On the other hand, Ranbir had mentioned, "You have to understand, nobody knows this, but apart from being the most important relationship in my life as well, he is very difficult as a human being. I have to somewhere be a little subservient to him. Why is that? Because I believe that he knows more about life, he understands more about life, he feels more about life. He is a greater being in that sense. And I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a lesser being. He's like a teacher. I wish him on Teacher's Day also, that's the role he plays in my life."
That's A Good One!
Ranbir's papa Rishi Kapoor recently made a humorous remark by tweeting that these two besties should get married instead. Hahaa, what do you folks think?